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Most of the RSA’s work can be traced back to one basic thought: that the best way to change society for the better is to help people change it for themselves.

Abena Poku - Awuah

Sustainability Associate

Your Project

Do you have a great idea? 

We prioritise projects that will be truly catalysed by our grant, have the greatest potential to achieve measurable world impact, and offer a new solution to a pressing societal problem in one of our key areas of focus.

Find out more about our key areas of focus

Asma Shah

It's not just about the money, it's about the brand, more support and about having Fellows deliver for you. It's been fantastic.

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Asma Shah

Founder - You Make It

our offer

Shape and share your idea

Do you have an idea that you want to turn in to a reality? You could pitch at one of our Fellowship events, meet Fellows in your area or search Find a Fellow to connect with others around the world to and raise awareness of your project. Speak to your Area Manager to get started – we may also be able to support you to share your idea by blogging or tweeting about it, or you may be able to access some small local grants.

Small Catalyst Grants of £1,000 - £2,000

These grants are for new projects that are in their early stages, and in need of a financial boost to help them develop into a sustainable project which will deliver impact. We will always consider truly outstanding proposals that fall outside the scope of our three key themes.

Crowdfunding Support with RSA Kickstarter

Free monthly webinars and exclusive access for Fellows to training events at RSA House, with the possibility of having your project featured on RSA Kickstarter. The success rate on RSA Kickstarter is double the Kickstarter average.

Scaling Catalyst Grants of £10,000

These grants are for exceptional projects addressing one of our key themes that have clearly demonstrated their proof of concept and are ready to scale up. We offer a limited number of £10,000 grants and will award to the projects where we feel our grant will have the greatest impact.

catalyst guidelines

Before you apply:

To ensure that your project meets the criteria, please read through our guidelines for both the small and scaling grants before you begin your application.

Catalyst criteria



Here are the most frequently asked questions:

Who can apply?

An RSA Fellow must be the lead on the application to be eligible for a Catalyst grant. However, as the RSA advocates collaboration, the project team can consist of both Fellows and non-Fellows. More information on RSA Fellowship can be found here. Your Fellowship status must be confirmed for your application to be eligible to be reviewed by the Catalyst panel. If you are unsure about your Fellowship status, please contact us

How do I apply?

For both the grants, applications are made online. Please note, you are unable to save draft copies of our online form. You may wish to prepare your answers in advance. You can download the full forms for the Scaling Grant and for the Small Grant, then copy them into the online form once complete.

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The RSA offers support to Fellow-led crowdfunding campaigns. 

Fellow-led campaigns are eligible for the RSA crowdfunding accelerator programme if: 

  • The campaign is for a social enterprise, charity or project that delivers sustainable, measurable positive social or environmental impact
  • It will only spend funding on what has been promised in the campaign 
  • It will deliver product and service rewards in full and on time if successful

See all current campaigns

For information on how to apply for crowdfunding support please email 

Keeley Davies

I'm passionate about helping Fellows turn their ideas into action, for me it goes right to the heart of what the RSA is all about. 

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Keeley Davies

Project Engagement Manager

fellow-led projects


24th May 2016

As the global population continues to grow, sustainable food sources and ways to offset the environmental impact of more people will be critical. Spirulina can do both, and Energaia is on a mission to provide it.